Welcome to the capital of the New South, birthplace of the Civil Rights movement, Coca-Cola and CNN. Set in the rolling foothills of North Georgia, Atlanta’s dramatic skyline and tree-lined neighborhoods are a far cry from the days of Scarlett and Rhett.
The world’s largest and most engaging aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium is home to more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species, eight millions gallons of fresh and marine water, with five galleries depicting different habitats. Saying hello to the beluga whales, penguins, and whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet will plunge you into a one-of-a-kind aquatic experience. For discounts, visit the website and purchase tickets in advance.
NEW World of Coca-Cola
The NEW World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place in the heart of downtown Atlanta is the only place where you can explore the complete story – past, present and future – of the world’s best-known brand. From the moment you arrive, it will be clear that this is a world like no other. A 4-D movie experience, a fully operational bottling line and the chance to sample over 70 different products made by the Coca-Cola Company around the world await you at the NEW World of Coca-Cola.
Inside CNN at the CNN Center
Even if you’re not a top news anchor, you can still get in on the action of TV news making at the headquarters of CNN and Headline News. The Inside CNN Studio Tour includes the Control Room Theater, a look at CNN Espanol, the working of the Special Effects Studio and the Main Newsroom. Can’t decide where to eat? Visit the CNN Center Food Court and make everyone happy!
Located just minutes from Downtown Atlanta in historic Grant Park, the Zoo features 700 specimens, representing more than 200 species of animals from unique destinations such as the African plains and Asian forests. A leader in building naturalistic habitats for animals, the Zoo’s landscape spans nearly 40 acres.
Olympic Centennial Park
This 21-acre site was one of the most popular spots in the city during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Today, year-round programming featuring concerts, family activities and festivals make the park a gathering place for Atlantans and visitors. The park features the world’s largest Olympic Ring fountain.
Six city blocks have been transformed into a spirited marketplace that offers historic guided tours, more than 100 specialty stores, Kenny’s Alley – the trendy hangout with exciting nightlife and restaurants, street-cart merchants, annual events and the newest attraction, Aero Balloon, an adventure ride that rises up to 350 feet above Atlanta’s downtown streets.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chastain Park Amphitheatre
The classic Chastain series features musicians and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing at Chastain Park Amphitheater while guests dine by moonlight. The Symphony is lead by music director Robert Spano and principle guest conductor Donald Runnicles.
Buckhead (and Lenox Square Mall)
Buckhead is not only noted for exquisite homes on rolling wooded lands, but also as the ultimate shopping destination in the southeast. Fabulous boutiques and spas, art and antique galleries, two elegant malls, and a host of fine dining restaurants make up the streets of this extraordinary neighborhood.